Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

Forum Young Cultural Sciences
The Forum Young Cultural Sciences offers JGU doctoral candidates and postdocs possibilities for networking and support. Several meetings per semester take place to discuss theoretical and methodological basics of Historical Cultural Sciences. Furthermore, papers are presented by members as well as outside speakers.

JuGUM (in German only)
JuGUM, which stands for the German Junior Researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences at JGU, sees itself as a platform for doctoral candidates, postdocs and junior professors and contributes to networking, information sharing on funding options and representing interests at JGU.

Karpeia is the Ancient Studies Colloquium Mainz which brings together young researchers across all qualification stages from Mainz and the greater Rhine-Main area in order to exchange and discuss their research. It is generally open to everyone who is interested in ancient studies issues.

The Neuroscience Graduates' Colloquium supports PhD students in creating their own network, starting from Mainz local scientific environment. In their monthly meetings, the NGC fosters peer-to-peer exchange, invites to tech talks on interesting techniques and hosts PhD defence rehearsals.

Nationwide networking

N² – Network of Networks
N² is an association of three networks from non-university research organisations in Germany – Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Helmholtz Juniors), Leibniz Association (Leibniz PhD Network), and Max Planck Society (Max Planck PhDnet). Their aim is to establish a publicly visible platform that strengthens the communication between the different doctoral networks within Germany. This platform creates a forum to promote the regular discussion of overarching topics like working conditions and equal opportunities etc.

THESIS (in German only)
THESIS is an interdisciplinary network for young researchers serving interdisciplinary exchange as well as discipline-related support. In addition to an annual meeting, THESIS organizes workshops and seminars on discipline-specific relevant subjects and key qualifications beyond individual disciplines.

UniWIND/GUAT (in German only)
The German University Association of Graduate Training (GUAT) is a network of currently 44 universities and one associated member that have made the promotion of young researchers a central objective of their institutions. GUAT is committed to improving the educational conditions doctoral candidates and early stage postdocs are faced with in order to create the best possible opportunities for their future careers in academia and elsewhere.


EURODOC is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It represents doctoral and postdoctoral candidates regarding education policy at the European level in matters of education, research and career. Once a year, the Council organizes the Eurodoc Annual Conference to discuss issues beyond individual disciplines as well as share information between politics and researchers.